Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer.
Her novel Lost Luggage was nominated for Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015) and Last Resort (2017), her story “Forget That Day” will appear in the upcoming Murders A-Go-Gos, and her next Cyd Redondo mystery, Drowned Under, is due out in February.
Philip Marlowe, Hercule Poirot, Kinsey Milhone, and Stephanie Plum all have one thing in common: unique, addictive voices. From the beginning of modern crime fiction, dialogue and first person narration have been vital to what makes the novels work and what readers love about the genre. Using examples from both novels and film, I’ll be breaking down the elements to consider when creating your characters’ voices and offering practical advice on constructing rhythm, banter, and subtext in your dialogue.